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I started modeling again after a 35+ year hiatus. Got my stash of kits out of the attic and went to work. Mostly 1/48 and 1/72 WWII fighters plus some modern jets.
I flew fighters in the Air Force (F-111 and A-10) for twenty years and then flew for American Airlines for twenty-two years (Boeing 727/757/767 and Fokker F-100). Now I'm retired and living in the DFW area.

When "Perfect" is the enemy of "Good Enough"...

Normally, I spend about 2-3 months on most of my builds. This seems fair for the amount of detail, workmanship, and the research I put into my work. That said, my build of Eduard’s 1/48 MiG-21 PFL has taken me over eight months…and is [...]

Shelf of Doom

Shelf of Doom: Eduard 1/48 Spitfire Mk IXc This kit has been on my “Shelf of Doom” for about three years. I completed it in response to Roy Sutherland’s “Shelf of Doom” group build challenge on the Barracuda Studios Ready Room [...]

“Dorrie R” and Capt Jerry Yellin…The Last Fighter Pilot

I first met my late friend, Jerry Yellin, in September 2009 at the Military Writers Society of America (MWSA) convention in Orlando, FL. I was there with my wife, Kathy (kathleenmrodgers.com) who was receiving an award for her first novel, [...]

Airfix 1/48 Spitfire Mk Vb

With this build, I continue my “love affair” with the Polish expatriate pilots of RAF 303 Sqdn (Poland) and their service to the U.K. during WWII. Following the Battle of Britain, and over time, the unit transitioned to various models [...]

F-86 Egg Plane

I just finished this little beauty for my youngest grandson, Colton, who will be two next month. It is the Hasegawa kit but I took some "liberty" by putting his name on it. Vallejo metallics over Tamiya gloss black primer. Kit [...]

Hurricane Mk I, Sqdn Ldr Witold Urbanowicz

Christmas of 2003, my oldest son gave me the book, “A Question of Honor, The Kosciuszko Squadron” by Lynne Olson and Stanley Cloud. It was an eye opener, to say the least. I have been an avid follower of WWII aviation history since I [...]

Academy 1/72 F-8E

A friend sent me this kit and I will be mailing him the result in a few days. I decided to try a “quick” build for a change but still add as much detail as was reasonable. My usual builds take 2-3 months but I completed this one in two [...]

Me 163B V41…

The Red Baron meets the Twilight Zone...Not really the Twilight Zone, but sort of… I had noticed for a while that my very close-in depth perception had been bothering me. Even with my Opti-Visor, I had been having trouble working on fine [...]

Italeri 1/72 OA-10A NAIL FAC

During my USAF career, I had the honor and pleasure to fly the A-10 Wart Hog for twelve years. It was a joy to fly…and to say that shooting the GUN was a thrill is an understatement. I built this kit for an old fighter pilot friend of [...]

My Dad…a Bridge…and a Bomber…

My Dad… Clifford J. “Tex” Rodgers, Jr, was a Captain in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was an Engineering officer who helped build the Alcan Highway across Alaska and Canada in 1942. From there, he went to Jolly Olde England where he [...]